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Rick Dees's Comment
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Yea sometimes I feel like this but I will take this job any day over an office job now that my kids are grown.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/us/trucking-jobs.html

Rick S.'s Comment
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This was posted a week or three ago.

Seems like they found every dissatisfied driver in the truck stop to speak with.

Since I don't put a whole lotta confidence in ANYTHING the NY Slimes writes lately, I wouldn't classify it as "fake news", but just another "OpEd Piece", disguised as news.

Would it be nicer if the industry payscales kept up with the cost of living? Sure it would.

The ones that weren't seemingly complaining - were the ones that understood it's a LIFESTYLE, and enjoyed that aspect of it.

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Unholychaos's Comment
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Yeah the negative comments seem like people just whining.

Minimum wage job??This is a very lucrative business if you maximize your day. First week solo I brought home $700, which is about $150 less than what I made in 2 weeks at my previous job. Do the math. 60mph X $.xx pm. Even starting out at $.34 pm, that's $20/hr for sitting and driving. What kind of job can you find that pays that with 0 experience, very little schooling, hardly any physical labor, and a measly $3k-6k that gets reimbursed?

Lonely? I'm an introvert anyway so I could care less.

Relationship problems? This I can understand, but if your partner is right for you, they would understand that you are choosing this career and have thought long and hard about the impact on your relationship. My wife and I had a very long discussion about it when I had thoughts; she may miss me and I may miss my dogs, but as long as I'm happy, she's happy.

Throwaway people? Okay, maybe we do deserve a little bit more respect than we get on a daily basis, but short of having a special network of roadways that are only given acess to trucks so we don't have to deal with idiots on the road, people are gonna be people no matter what. It's all me me me to them, and some of us even think the same way now and again. I know I do when I park in the middle of 3 empty spots at the end of a long day and say, "F it, someone more experienced can deal with it."

I love this career; I'm on a vacation every day, I'm seeing this great country and all the natural beauties it has to show (the view of the snow covered Rockies from US-24 (?) in the middle of April is absolutely stunning!), and I'm getting paid well while doing it. While it can be stressful at times (Nashville, Denver, anywhere in the NE), I can't imagine myself in any other career anymore.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Relationship problems? ... [My wife] may miss me and I may miss my dogs. ...

OK, I'm really the opposite of an expert on intimate relationships, but I know enough to hope that your wife never reads this sentence.

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LDRSHIP's Comment
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Unholychaos, what is stressful about Nashville? There is only 1 truly horrible interchange. The 24/65. TBH unless you are on 65, you can go around on the Briley Pkwy. Briley connects with 24, 40, and 65 north. 65 south is the only thing that the Briley doesn't touch.

Unholychaos's Comment
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Unholychaos, what is stressful about Nashville? There is only 1 truly horrible interchange. The 24/65. TBH unless you are on 65, you can go around on the Briley Pkwy. Briley connects with 24, 40, and 65 north. 65 south is the only thing that the Briley doesn't touch.

Just the fact that, like most major cities, no one knows how to drive. Multiple times going through there, I've had a 4 wheeler pass me on the shoulder for no apparent reason.

Unholychaos's Comment
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Relationship problems? ... [My wife] may miss me and I may miss my dogs. ...

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OK, I'm really the opposite of an expert on intimate relationships, but I know enough to hope that your wife never reads this sentence.

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What can I say? I can talk to my wife everyday while on the road, but I can't cuddle with my puppies.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Relationship problems? ... [My wife] may miss me and I may miss my dogs. ...

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OK, I'm really the opposite of an expert on intimate relationships, but I know enough to hope that your wife never reads this sentence.

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What can I say? I can talk to my wife everyday while on the road, but I can't cuddle with my puppies.

I like you UC, thats why I'm giving you this warning.

My wife reads these forums on occasion (I guess she thinks I'm still relevent here hah!) and I never know when.

Women are very smart, a lot smarter than us knucklehead guys. Your wife oversees your activity here without a doubt, she just has you tricked into thinking she doesn't know about this site. Use extreme caution they are looking for reasons to punish you.

This website has put me in the dog house more times than I care to admit. So much so that I eventually bought a 2nd blanket for those couch nights.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Lance B.'s Comment
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Hey Daniel. Yeah, I remember those couch nights. Happy wife leads to a happy life, or so I'm told. Divorced now myself.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
murderspolywog's Comment
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Daniel I am suppressed you did not sleep on the truck

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